John Middleton, Inc Kentucky Club Mixture Aromatic

Five choice imported and domestic tobaccos - Turkish, perique, white burley, Carolina, and Virginia brights. The cut is a combination of ribbon, cube, flake, and shag. Slowly-aged pipe mixture. Cool burning, very mild, and refreshing, pleasingly aromatic.
Notes: This is the variety packaged with a red plaid label.


Brand John Middleton, Inc
Blended By John Middleton
Manufactured By John Middleton, Inc.
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Burley, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Other / Misc
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging 2oz Pouch
Country United States
Production No longer in production


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

1.88 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 01, 2006 Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant
I tried this tobacco for one reason: Antiquity.

Growing-up in a small town in southeastern Ohio, one of the few surgeons around, along with his brother, used to do rotations, with other physicians, in the Emergency Room of the local hospital. This surgeon, Dr. D., used to pull ER duty in carpet slippers, cardigan sweater and pipe. Hard to imagine now...but that's how it was. Dr. D. lived to a very ripe old age, and he smoked nothing but Kentucky Club Aromatic, usually in a pot-shaped GBD with a Perspex stem. Once, when I had been riding on the handlebars of a friend's bike and dislocated my elbow, a trip to the ER found Dr. D. on duty. He recognized me, felt the place that should have been a bump, but was then a hollow, and gave the arm a good yank. I screamed, but the joint was back in-place, and I doubt we got a bill for it; he had bigger fish to fry.

Kentucky Club Aromatic is just that kind of tobacco--basic, experienced, and friendly. It is a genuine mixture, composed of Burley, Virginia, Turkish, and Perique. There is a definite fruity casing that makes itself known in taste, but more-so in room aroma. It is a friendly smoke that works. Just like Dr. D.

Don't expect anything fancy and you will be surprised...and pleasantly-so. Just let it air-out if you can. Middleton has a thoroughly nasty habit of putting WAY TOO MUCH PEG on their blends. When this evaporates, Ky. Club Mixture is a pretty good smoke.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 19, 2014 Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant
Scratching my head on this one during the first bowl. With the second I caught on. It's all about the burley and perique, while the Turkish adds a note of spice. The taste was zesty, nutty and nice. As for the so called "bite" people keep refering to , I think they're confusing it with the tang-like quality found in perique. This does seem to dominate in the smoke but in a good way. The taste and aroma are akin to chocolate covered raspberries but in an old-fashioned pipe smoking way. Maybe that's what has turned people off from this blend. Pipe tobacco wasn't so overcased in those days so the taste is slightly forgein to us now. I think the issue is more with KCA in the pouch rather than the 12oz tub. A good pipe scrubbing might be in order if you find this one biting your ankles so to speak. That makes a world of difference. Works well in corncob or briar. Just remember John Middleton blends are meant to air out in small batches for an hour or longer before smoking. Now I have a new friend with a classic logo to boot.

Update: 8/22/14 Thank you Russ at P&C for giving great tips on maintaining our pipe collection. In a recent catalogue he said when rotating your pipes let them dry out for a few days or so, depending on the amount of smokes in a day. For example: 3 smokes out of the same pipe let that pipe dry out for 3 days. Doing so not only reduces moisture dramatically, it also combats the dreaded furnace effect. I recently tried this with my cobs (which are notorious for gaining moisture and overheating in hot humid weather or becoming brittle in very cold weather). Thanks to this tip I had a far smoother, drier and cooler smoking experience. The same technique should be used with any style pipe. It's a little tricky at first remembering which pipe you are drying out. Once you get the process going it will become like second nature. Labeling the days of the week on your pipestand is the best way to do it. So after all the negative reviews for KCA, I took Russ's advice and smoked some KCA in a cob.....very smooooth and no bite. I thought I was smoking raspberry wine with a hint of dark chocolate-not overly sweet. I did notice a slight peppery note, but that made the experience that much more interesting. It did get slightly more peppery at the bottom of the bowl, but it was also a humid, wet and windy night. This always seems to affect my pipes. My advice, if you use a cob smoke a full bowl and always use a match. Half a bowl and a cheap lighter later it's heat, moisture and clump city regardless of the blend. I've also been smoking Wessex Aromatic Mixture which is less sweet with a very noticeable but very nice ginger note. I'm torn between two lovers, because both blends are so damn good. Take Russ' advice and another try at KCA and I garauntee a very rewarding smoking experience. Now to smoke KCA out of a briar,,,

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 16, 2011 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
Smoking a bowl of this old classic took me back to the days when men who smoked such a blend were real men and women who smoked such a blend were real men too! The Virginia and Burley, combined with Perique made for a, well, manly smoke.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 30, 2005 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
If you like the House of Windsor blends like Revelation, Country Dr., etc. this tobac looks similar. Not the same except the general texture and relative dryness. This is a good, flavored American-style (old school) Aromatic. Lots of granular Burley with a little bit of all the other types mentioned in the description above. A bit forward in flavor when fresh, I think this blend will benefit from a bit of airing out. It smokes quite nicely as well, no stickyness or goop. The big question is....Do you want an entire tin to try it out? Look for a pouch, if you like it the cannister will probably be even better. These plastic cannisters do seal quite well for a container with only a slip-fit lid. I give it three and one-quarter stars in its' class. I would much rather smoke this than the most popular American Aromatics!
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